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What’s up with Downtown?

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Columbus RetroMetro wrote What’s up with Downtown? Posted by Paul Bonneville on May 27, 2008 People talk about master plans, grand visions and unified goals when it comes to planning for downtown. In the past I’ve been one of the advocates of the planned approach of revitalizing downtown, always feeling we lacked a cohesive vision. […]


Farmers’ markets are gearing up for summer season

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The Dispatch wrote Farmers’ markets, pick-your-own places gearing up for business Wednesday, May 28, 2008 BY ROBIN DAVIS The truest harbingers of the growing season — farmers’ markets and pick-your-own farms — are gradually springing back to life. Although the early pickings are relatively slim, there are options: strawberries, lettuces and asparagus (as well as […]


Columbus ranking for home affordability improves

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Business First of Columbus wrote Columbus ranking for home affordability improves Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Boosted by an increase in household income and a decline in home prices, the Columbus area in the first quarter improved its standing as one of the 50 most-affordable housing markets in the nation, according to a quarterly index. Columbus […]

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COTA President William Lhota to retire in 2010


The Dispatch wrote COTA’s president to retire in 2010 Tuesday, May 27, 2008 William Lhota plans to step down as president and chief executive officer of the Central Ohio Transit Authority in two years. The COTA board of trustees is expected to approve a new contract Wednesday for Lhota that will expire June 30, 2010. […]


Recycling pickup adds customers despite rate hike

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The Dispatch wrote City’s curbside pickup adds customers despite 2008 rate hike Sunday, May 25, 2008 BY ROBERT VITALE Columbus officials who killed a $389,000 annual subsidy for curbside recycling worried that they might doom the program to a downward spiral of higher and higher costs and fewer and fewer customers. But since February, when […]


Disc golf, butterfly gardens: new activities at parks

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The Dispatch wrote Disc golf, butterfly garden among new activities at Ohio State Parks Sunday, May 25, 2008 BY STEVE STEPHENS The arrival of warm weather marks the arrival of thousands upon thousands of visitors to Ohio State Parks. The parks might have even more visitors than normal this year as the skyrocketing price of […]


The Dispatch Publishes a "Streetcar FAQ"

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The Dispatch wrote Streetcar FAQ Sunday, May 25, 2008 BY ROBERT VITALE Here are more questions than answers right now about the plan to bring streetcars back to Columbus, even among the people pitching the idea. After the City Council balked earlier this month at approving $2 million to design a system its members haven’t […]


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